Originally Posted by FightScorer
You have got to be living under a rock if you think boxing is just as popular as it once was in the United States. Either that or you live your entire live on NSB OR ESB. Come on man, boxing IS NOT like it once was in the States. I mean there shouldn't even be a debate on this.
You wanna talk money? Ok
During the 90's
Lennox Lewis made 11 million against TOny Tucker. Adjusted for inflation in today's market: 17 million.
Lewis who was a relatively unknown British Heavyweight made the equalivant of 17 million dollars today by fighting Tony Tucker.. This wasn't even a 'big fight'.
Your 1 million 2 million stats for semi popular fighters is chump change.
The 2nd tier popularity fighters of the 90's HW'S made as much as the 1ST TIER POPULARITY HW'S of today.
The 1st tier popularity hw's of the 90's (bowe,holyfield,Tyson) made as much as Footballers, NBA Players today.
From 1 to 100, boxing was much better off in the 90's when it comes to salary.
Now from ONE TO TWO. AKA FLOYD/MANNY, today can be comparable. But not from 1 to 100.
In other words the Tony Tuckers and Tyrell Biggs of the 90's made a hell much more than the Alexander Povektin's and Sergio Martinezs of today.
Lewis was paid $7.8 mil and to say it wasn't a big event is a joke. There was 3 title fights on the card, Lewis-Tucker, McClellan-Jackson and Chavez-Alli.